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10 Ways to Make Your Kids' Parties Stand Out

Sep 27 2013 - 1:43pm

The pressure to throw the perfect kids' birthday parties is something that some moms are able to brush off and for others is all-consuming. Regardless of which category you fall into, we're certain that you want your child's big day to be one to remember — year after year. We've pulled together 10 of our favorite ideas for adding personality, originality, and, most importantly, fun to your kiddos' birthday soirees. Borrow your favorites, and get ready for the compliments and "Why didn't I think of that?!"s to roll in!

Start With the Invitations

Whether or not your actual invitations include photos of the little honoree, we love the idea of creating custom stamps [1] ($24 for a sheet of 20). They're pricier than the USPS standards, but what an adorable surprise for your guests!

Make Favors a 360-Degree Affair

Don't just spend time choosing the perfect favor; also make sure that it's packaged beautifully. You don't have to go it alone — Etsy's Print Smitten [2] has the absolute cutest personalized tags, bags, ribbons, and more.

Show Off!

Create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your bar or food/dessert table by displaying your child's best snapshots from the past year. We love this approach that photographer Ashley Rose [3] took for her son Crew's first birthday. Print pics of varying shapes and sizes, and create a collage on a giant roll of kraft paper. She just stuck it on the wall with festive washi tape!

Source: Hostess With the Mostess [4]

Create a Multidimensional Tablescape

Many florists recommend varying the height of your floral arrangements to add more visual interest to your table. While extravagant bouquets needn't be a part of kids' parties, you can apply the same philosophy to more casual, kid-centric tables. Put cake stands to work (we're loving these from Martha Stewart's Collection for Macy's [5]) to display favorite photos or props at a variety of different levels.

Create a Birthday Time Capsule

We absolutely love the idea of a birthday time capsule. Not only does it create a sense of inclusion amongst your friends and family (even those who are unable to attend), but it also gives you something to look forward to down the road. Put an enclosure in with your invitations asking every guest to contribute a memory, note, or "sign of the times" for the capsule, then bury or hide it until your child's 18th birthday — or whenever you deem the right time.

Source: Hostess With the Mostess [6]

Label Love

Elevate ordinary water bottles with custom labels [7] to add some extra pizzazz!

Source: Hostess With the Mostess [8]

Every Detail Counts

If you're going to be stocking up on disposable paper goods anyway, go for the cutest ones money can buy! Etsy's Sucre Shop [9] has superstylish wooden utensils that go with any theme or color scheme.

Extra, Extra!

For a favor that stands out from the rest, take a lead from this retro Manhattan-themed first birthday party [10] and make your child front-page news.

Source: Caroline Tran Photographer [11]

Get the Most Bang Out of Your Balloons

Instead of the expected bunches, display your balloons in a clever way for maximum impact. We love this neon balloon wall [12]!

Source: Modern Kids [13]

The Birthday Babe Deserves a Throne

Cake (or cupcakes) is the main event at any child's party, right? Add another element of personality to the photo-worthy moment by dressing up your baby's high chair or tot's special seat for their time in the spotlight.

Source: Dulce Sobre Mesa [14]


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